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Assateague postcard face - click to enlarge

Assateague postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart


State: VA
Year established: 1833
Latitude: 37 deg 54 min 40 sec N
Longitude: 75 deg 21 min 22 sec W
Height above sea level: 154 feet

Original construction:
45-foot high stone tower

1867: present 142-foot conical brick tower with red and white bands

automated in 1965; active aid to navigation in National Wildlife Refuge

Light characteristic:
two white flashes every 5 seconds, visible for 22 nautical miles

More information:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 2 Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 3